Your child’s eyes are a big priority for us here at the offices of The Retina Group of Washington. The diagnosis and treatment of childhood retinal diseases has been at the heart of The Retina Group of Washington’s (RGW) mission since we founded the retina clinic at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in the 1970’s. Our physicians have been at the forefront of identifying and treating ophthalmologic disorders in children for more than 40 years, both at the CNMC and at other hospitals and facilities throughout the Washington metropolitan area. A number of RGW doctors continue to provide medical and surgical Greenbelt children’s retina care for youngsters suffering from retinal disease. We recommend that children have a complete eye exam once every two years, with the first one occurring no later than the time that she or he starts school. However, if your child has any condition or disease that makes him or her susceptible to eye damage or vision loss, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, you may need to come in more often. What is of greatest importance is staying ahead of potential consequences and complications instead of dealing with them after the fact.
As with diabetes, both type one and type two, there is clear link between juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and the development of eye problems, including uveitis, which is an inflammation of the uvea inside the eye. But unlike with diabetes, it is not just the existence of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in your child that can put her or him in jeopardy of eye difficulties. It is also possible for the medication that your child takes for that disease to put him or her at increased risk for ocular damage. And because of this, our Greenbelt children’s retina care should be taken advantage of on a regular basis. How often? Our pediatric retina doctor will discuss this with you and it will be based largely on your child’s individual circumstances. The bottom line, however, is that uveitis can result in the destruction of eye tissue, loss of vision, and even blindness at its worst. Together, you and our pediatric retina doctor can greatly decrease the chances of that happening. Please contact our office and let us schedule you and your child for a visit. If your child has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, it is highly recommended that a complete examination be done.